The Best Fest is proud to announce Dylan Fest: A Celebration of Bob Dylan’s 75th Birthday May 23rd and 24th at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The two-night concert event will see an extraordinary and eclectic array of artists paying tribute to the music of Bob Dylan with unprecedented performances of their favorite Dylan songs. The concerts will also mark the 50th anniversary of the release of Blonde on Blonde, Dylan’s first album recorded entirely in Nashville.
“We are thrilled and grateful to celebrate the life and legacy of Bob Dylan at the legendary Ryman Auditorium,” says Best Fest founder Austin Scaggs. “To honor Bob and raise money for a wonderful charity is a win-win.” Ticket sale proceeds benefit Thistle Farms, a Nashville-based charity committed to helping a community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction.
As always, the Best Fest’s acclaimed house band, The Cabin Down Below Band, will host a prodigious cast of musicians, with confirmed artists including Emmylou Harris, Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves, Ann Wilson, Kurt Vile, Wynonna & The Big Noise, Boz Scaggs, Kesha, City & Colour, Moon Taxi, Brothers Osborne, Dhani Harrison, John Paul White, Nikki Lane, Brendan Benson, Rayland Baxter, Holly Williams, Langhorne Slim, Eric Pulido of Midlake, Ruby Amanfu, Karen Elson, Amanda Shires, Danny Masterson, Bijou Phillips, The Whigs, Cory Chisel, Adriel Denae, Jonathan Tyler, Robert Ellis, Shelly Colvin, Tommy Emmanuel and many more surprise guests. The Fest is honored that one of the original “Nashville Cats”, the legendary Charlie McCoy (a veteran of Blonde on Blonde, Nashville Skyline and John Wesley Harding) will be sitting in on harmonica.
“We are so thrilled by the generosity of all of these incredible performers,” says Scaggs. “They’re lending their time and talent for their love of Bob, and for a wonderful cause.”
Ticket prices range from $45 to $150 and go on sale Saturday, April 16th at 10 am CST via Ticketmaster. A Music Industry pre-sale starts on Wednesday, April 13th at 10 am CST through Friday, April 15th at 10 pm CST. An internet pre-sale starts Friday, April 15th from 10 am until 10 pm CST.
Sponsors include Jameson Irish Whiskey, Google Play, SunTrust Bank, Billy Reid, The Hutton Hotel, Jim & Nicks BBQ, and Husk.
No artist is nearer and dearer to the heart of the Fests than Bob Dylan. It was on the occasion of Dylan’s 60th birthday that the first Fest took place, at Manitoba’s bar on Avenue C in New York City’s East Village.